[WSF-Discuss] Ukraine Crisis: Further Updates on "Referendums" in Donetsk and Luhansk

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Mon May 12 08:17:15 CDT 2014


12 May 2014 Last updated at 10:46

Ukraine crisis: Self-rule referendums 'a farce'
The BBC filmed some people voting twice

Ukraine has condemned two unofficial referendums organised by pro-Russia
groups in the east of the country as "a farce" with no legal basis.

Separatists in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions say 89% and 96% respectively
voted in favour of "self-rule".

BBC reporters at polling stations on Sunday witnessed few checks on
identity and multiple voting in places.

Russia has called for the results to be implemented without any further
outbreaks of violence.

In a brief statement, the Kremlin described the referendums as "the will of
the people" and noted the "high turnout".

The Kremlin denounced what it claimed had been "attempts to disrupt the
votes, with the use of force, including the use of heavy weapons, against
civilians", reports the BBC's Steve Rosenberg in Moscow.

The Russian authorities said they expected the results of the vote to be
implemented in a civilised manner, without any repetition of violence and
called for dialogue between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk.

The Kremlin suggested that the Organization for Security and Co-operation
in Europe (OSCE) could help organise such a dialogue.

Later Russia's Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said there were no plans to
hold fresh international talks on the crisis - he accused the West of an
"information blockade" over events in Ukraine and of "shameless lies".

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is to travel to Kiev on
Tuesday to promote "dialogue".

Russia's Sergei Lavrov: "We respect the will of the population of the
Donetsk and Luhansk regions"

"We have to be prepared for what to do if someone prevents the elections on
25 May. It that is going to happen... then we have to think about further
sanctions," he said.

Earlier, Ukraine's interim President Oleksandr Turchynov told Ukraine's
parliament that "the farce that terrorist separatists call a referendum is
nothing more than propaganda to cover up murders, kidnappings, violence and
other serious crimes".

The EU and US also said the polls were illegal.

Going into a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday, UK
Foreign Minister William Hague said the European Union might impose further
sanctions on Russia should Moscow disrupt the Ukrainian presidential
election on 25 May.

A number of towns in the two eastern regions refused to hold the

They were held despite an earlier call for a delay by Russian President
Vladimir Putin in order to create the conditions necessary for dialogue.
Organisers in Donetsk announced the results just hours after the voting

Some polling stations, like this one in Mariupol, saw long queues

Ukrainian government soldiers are involved in what Kiev says is an ongoing
"anti-terror" operation in the east

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